Jun 25, 2012
New translation is being released.
There had been only one complete translation of Baum's 14 books into Japanese. It was published by Hayakawa Publishing. Sadly, that version has been out of print for a long time.
At the site Fukkan.com, many people have asked that the whole series be reprinted.
But Hayakawa didn't react at all (at least, as far as I can see). They didn't even do anything in 2000, which was the 100th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz". I had almost given up hope that they would re-print the Oz books someday.
However, a miracle happened! Fukkan.com decided to reprint the Oz books. No, actually, they are not reprinting. Instead, they are making new translations of the books with new illustrations.
Honestly, I didn't want to buy them because they are much more expensive than the old version. The old ones were small paperbacks, but the new ones are high quality hardcovers. Since I have been used to the old translations and illustrations, which were great, I didn't think I would need the new versions.
Another miracle happened! I accidentally found the twitter account of one of the translators of the new version. I followed her and she followed me back. It aroused my interest in the new version.
I ordered "the Emerald City of Oz", the 6th book, through Amazon.co.jp. Now I have that one.
Since it is very difficult to get the Hayakawa version, though I still love it very much, I hope this new translation becomes our new standard.
Also, in the new version, "Little Wizard Stories of Oz" are being translated for the first time in Japanese. This is great news too!